The Greater Baptism of the Servant (Mark 10:35-45)

Speaker: Rev. Jon Herr
Date: 10/21/2018
Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Leadership
Price: FREE

I’ve often said that I learned to drive not by sitting behind the wheel, but by sitting in the back seat behind my dad as a young boy. 

 

My driving lessons would go something like this: we would be proceeding down the on-ramp, entering the freeway. Suddenly, the car in front of us would slam on their breaks at the end of the ramp and stop, basically killing our chances of smoothly merging with the rest of the fast-moving traffic.

 

Dad would sigh and say “What are you doing, buddy?” and after we finally got moving and onto the freeway, what would follow would be a long sermon about how to properly merge onto the highway; what to do, what not to do, what would happen when you did such-and-such. Clearly, repetition helps us to understand things better. We may not get it the first time, but by the reinforcement of some idea, it may better begin to sink in. And yet, even when the directive is right there, we still sometimes miss it.

 

The disciples have missed Jesus' teaching twice now:

 

1. Jesus foretells His death/resurrection (Mk 8:31-32a)
2. Peter says, "No, you're supposed to be great!" (Mk 8:32b-33)
3. Take your cross and follow me (MK 8:34-38)

1'. Jesus foretells His death/resurrection (Mk 9:30-32)
2'. Disciples dispute about who is greatest (Mk 9:33-34)
3'. If you want to be first, be last (Mk 9:35-37)

The cycle has re-started:

1''. Jesus foretells His death/resurrection (Mk 10:32-34)

What will happen?

Jon Herr Jon Herr (MATS, Reformed Theological Seminary; BS Bible, Philadelphia Biblical University) is Pastor of Christ Covenant Church of Chicago (CREC). Previously he served as a deacon and ministerial student at All Saints Church (CREC, Lancaster PA). He and his wife Jackie live in East Dundee, Illinois with their two daughters and two sons.